Kidnapped French, Iraqi aid workers released after 2 months

French President Emmanuel Macron announced their liberation Thursday and thanked Iraqi authorities for their co-operation with France to free them. He didn’t provide details.

Their liberation was announced the day France started pulling out troops from Iraq as the French military is deployed to help fight the new virus.

The three French citizens and one Iraqi worked for aid group SOS Chretiens d’Orient, which helps persecuted Christians in the region. They all had past experience in crisis zones and were staying at a hotel that regularly hosts international guests when they went missing in January.
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